Intellectual Disability Programme

Brothers of Charity Galway is an NGO funded by the Health Services Executive (HSE) to deliver social, residential, rehabilitative and mental health care to individuals with Intellectual Disability diagnosis in the West of Ireland. The mental health care involves providing outpatient clinics in a number of locations in Counties Galway and Roscommon as well as regular reviews for service users in community-based residential settings and group homes. The clinical services are run by a Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability and 2 registrars. The mental health input is supported by multidisciplinary staff including clinical psychologists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists and social workers.

The mental health team has access to admission in the local psychiatric unit in University Hospital Galway if needed. Visiting trainee can get involved in a variety of clinical activities including attendance of out-patient clinics and multidisciplinary team meetings, assessment and interventions. Preference will be given to applicant who have completed at least one year of training in psychiatry.

– address:

Woodlands Centre, Renmore, Galway, Co. Galway

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Picture: Salthill beach, Galway

Before applying, please, read useful information re. exchange placements in Ireland

  1. Organisation of accommodation, transport and visa, is the responsibility of the applicant. We recommend planning well in advance before coming to Ireland. However, we advise that you don’t book your flight or accommodation before receiving formal offer for the placement.
  2. A Garda vetting (police clearance) is required from Irish Garda before starting your attachment and it takes 4-6 weeks processing time from the point of application. A Police clearance from your country is also required.
  3. The length of placements is usually 2 weeks, and in exceptional circumstances up to 4 weeks.
  4. Periods available: February – July and August – January
  5. Language: Fluent English.

Travel information


Visa is not required for EU and EEA nationals. Nationals of a number of countries do not require a visa to travel to Ireland for less than 90 days. Please check or the nearest Irish Embassy.

Travel and health insurance needed: highly recommended.

Most European nationals can also issue European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

for emergency medical treatment during limited period of travel in EU countries.

Check details at:


Unlike some other European countries, hospitals in Ireland don’t offer accommodation for doctors. The cost of rent especially in Dublin is relatively high as compared with some other European countries and we strongly recommend that you plan well in advance and research on information in relation to accommodation before coming to Ireland.

Youth hostels in Ireland tend to be well equipped and central. is the website for the Irish hostel network.

Few websites has a service for short term lets/sublets, which may also be a possibility for those trainees coming to Ireland for several weeks:,,, will look at short term apartments as well as hotels, several other travel websites such as,

Local coordinators will give you some advice and tips when searching for accommodation.


Tourist information


National Trainee organisation website:


National Exchange Coordinator: Dr. Caoimhe Carke